Take action: Tell the Trump administration we won't stand for more tar sands pipelines

By Newsroom America Feeds at 23 Feb 2017

Take Action with the Sierra Club

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More than one million gallons of toxic tar sands oil were spilled by Enbridge in water and on land near Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Dear Mary,

Enbridge -- the company responsible for the biggest inland oil spill in the U.S. and part owner of the Dakota Access Pipeline -- wants to double the capacity of tar sands coming to the US from Canada on its Alberta Clipper pipeline. The State Department recently said they didn't think this would harm the environment at all. Simply put, that's absurd.

This announcement came just after the Trump administration advanced the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the Keystone XL pipeline (KXL) -- despite the fact that DAPL was in the midst of its own environmental review and KXL had already been rejected by the State Department because of its climate impacts. It's clear that putting former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson in charge of the State Department means giving Big Oil a pass to run roughshod over our clean air, water, and to ignore tribal treaty rights and concerns.

http://click.emails.sierraclub.org/?qs=1920fc2be81fce1fdbd08bb143926491dc0da002618bfdacfb249fd59af68b45b4616029e11b4271e599973a161466ad5ff54e913d2edc87756433e2179fa09e Thankfully, the State Department is required to take public comments on its shortsighted plan to approve the Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline expansion, so this fight isn't over. Submit a public comment now to let Trump and his oil-loving State Department know that we aren't backing down.

Alberta Clipper currently pumps up to 450,000 barrels per day (bpd) of tar sands crude from Alberta, Canada to Wisconsin. It crosses the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes' Wild Rice region, Chippewa National Forest, and the Fond du Lac, Red Lake Nation, and Leech Lake Indian Reservations -- home to Minnesota Anishinaabe/Ojibwe who have lived in the Great Lakes region since before 800 A.D. Enbridge wants to almost double the pipeline's capacity to 800,000 bpd, nearly the same as the Keystone XL pipeline. Capacity in an existing pipeline is increased by ratcheting up the pressure to pump more tar sands through, increasing the physical stress on the pipeline, and increasing the risk of spills.

And Enbridge has a long history of devastating pipeline spills. Between 1999 and 2010, it was responsible for more than 800 spills. It is responsible for three of the fifteen largest inland oil spills in the U.S. including the Kalamazoo River disaster which saw 843,000 gallons of toxic tar sands crude dumped into Michigan's waterways -- costing more than a billion in cleanup costs and making local residents sick. The Alberta Clipper Pipeline was already shut down once because of a 5,250-gallon spill -- imagine how much worse that could have been if the pipeline had been carrying nearly twice as much oil!

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It's clear that expanding the Alberta Clipper tar sands pipeline would put federal, state, private, and tribal lands and waters at risk of devastating oil spills, including the Great Lakes and Anishinaabe/Ojibwe ceded territories. Instead, we should be investing in clean energy alternatives like electric vehicles and transit and increased fuel efficiency rather than risk more water sources and tribal lands.

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We'll also be fighting this project by attacking Enbridge's financing for this project, as well as working to block required state permits. But these comments help us lay critical groundwork for our legal case down the line and demonstrate public opposition to Trump's pro-polluter agenda.

Thank you for protecting our communities,

Lena Moffitt Director, Sierra Club Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign


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